Blekinge-class is next generation of submarines developed by Kockums for Swedish Navy

In an attempt to initiate moves to boost local shipyard capability and bridge gaps in Indian Navy’s underwater warfare fleet, the administration, led by Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi has sought for proposals from global warship makers for the construction of six conventional submarines in India.

German Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems GmBH, Russian Rosoboronexport OJSC, Spanish Navantia SA, France’s Naval Group SA and Swedish SAAB Kockums have been issued the request for expression of interest, if they can transfer the technology for manufacturing the diesel-electric powered submarines in India. The move was initiated earlier this month but could take at least three years for the award of contract.

The Indian shipyards have been issued a separate expression of interest on June 20. The one, selected under the process will work with the other selected foreign company for the manufacturing of submarines in India.